Keep cool this back to school

25.01.18 By

HEATWAVES kill more Australians than any other extreme weather event, and young kids are most at risk.

With climate change turning up the heat, it’s time to prepare kids to head back to school.

Recent record-breaking heatwaves saw Sydney reach its hottest day in 79 years, and Melbourne experience 15 days straight over 30˚C in spring.

Heatwaves are dangerous, killing more Australians than any other extreme weather events. Young school children fall into the ‘most at risk’ category. Following are some tips that parents, carers and teachers can use to keep children safe during heatwaves.

Young school children are vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves.


Throughout the day



Drop offs/pickups

In the classroom

Be patient with students, as heat disrupts their ability to concentrate.

Recess & Lunch

Ensure children stay out of the sun as much as possible.


Check with your school, council or state education department for information on their heatwave response plan.

Remember: In an emergency, call triple 000 (106 for people with a hearing or speech impairment).


ACT government: Extreme heat

Australian Government Heatwave Lesson Plan

NSW government: Supporting students during hot weather

NT Government: Guidelines to prevent heat stress

QLD Government: Managing excessive heat in schools

SA Government: Hot weather policy

VIC Government: Extreme heat and heatwaves (1)

VIC Government: Extreme heat and heatwaves (2)

WA Government: Heat and health


2017: Record Breaking Year for Heat and Extreme Weather

Global Heat: Hottest Five-Year Period on Record Confirmed

Scorching heatwave: how to stay cool this weekend

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